19 October 2010

Sustainable development in Wuxi China gets the green light

A new green development master planned by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has received city approvals in Wuxi, China. The firm recently presented city officials the plan for Jingui Li, a mixed-use neighborhood being developed by SPG Land.

Construction for the project, which will comprise 770,000 square meters, may begin as soon as 2011. Jingui Li is a major section of Taihu New City, the district that is fast becoming a new center for Wuxi.

A city of more than 4 million people in southeast China, Wuxi is known for its flourishing economy. Proposed as a model for sustainable, livable cities, Jingui Li will be primarily residential, with an emphasis on outdoor public spaces. Six distinct neighborhoods will offer living options ranging from low-rise buildings along canals to high-rise towers with park views.

As with other projects Pelli Clarke Pelli has worked on, sustainability is vital to the project. According to the statement released by the architectural firm, over 90 percent of the 27-hectare development will remain green space. Buildings will operate high-performance efficiency technology while a comprehensive storm water management system is in place to ease the project’s environmental impact. According to the statement, “City officials, including Mayor Xiaoping Mao and General Secretary of the City Government Fengfeng Wu, support the plan’s vision of cosmopolitan and diverse neighborhoods. The Mayor has also expressed his enthusiasm for the development’s sustainable attributes.”

This is the latest project in Asia for the firm. Other projects include the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, the Beijing World Financial Center and Shanghai IFC.

Jill Paschal | @VegCookin
Jill is the owner of the online vegan bookstore VegCookin. She is a continuing student majoring in Business Management and loves to travel world cultures via cuisine.

Photo credit: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects